About Your Visit
Hours and Prices
Open to the public from March 23, 2014 through Dec 30, 2014 with the following exceptions: Closed Nov. 27, Dec. 24 and 25.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm.
Property closes at 5:00 pm
The following guided tours are available on a regular basis:
Mansion: Every hour on the hour
*Please note: Final admission to the mansion is at 4:00
Garden: 11:00 am Monday-Friday
Enslaved Community: 1:15 pm Daily
One Guided Tour (Mansion, Garden, or Enslaved Community):
Friends of Oatlands Free
Seniors (60+) & Active Military $10
Children ages 6 – 16 $8
Children 5 and under Free
National Trust Members $6
Add a second (or third) guided tour:
Adults, seniors, military, Nat'l Trust & children 6-16 $8
Friends & Children 5 and under Free
Grounds pass only:
Adults, seniors, military, & children 6-16 $8
Friends, Reciprocal Garden Members &
Children 5 and under Free
Group tours: Reduced prices available for group tours (20 or more) of the house, gardens, and enslaved community history. Tours can be customized for your group. Bus operators, please call for reservations. Lunches or tea service available by prior arrangement. Call Julie Goforth at 703.777.3174 for information.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 24, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
January through March: Closed for public visitation. Selected programs and activities as scheduled.
Enslaved Community at Oatlands Tour
The Oatlands we know today would not have been possible without the enslaved people who lived and worked here. By 1860 the Carters were the largest slave owners in Loudoun County with 133 enslaved men, women and children. Learn about their lives while walking with an Interpretive Guide. This is a half-hour tour starting at 1:15, most or all of it outdoors.
Interpretive guides lead tours of the first floor of the Oatlands mansion and discuss the lives of the families who owned Oatlands, the history of the house, and choice pieces of the large collection of furniture, portraits, and decorative objects in the mansion. Visitors are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the second floor where interpretive signs give information on the use of the rooms and the objects inside. Guided house tours average 30 to 45 minutes. The mansion, built in 1804, is not air-conditioned. Also plan time to enjoy the gardens and grounds.
After purchasing your pass, enjoy a self-guided walking tour of the formal terraced garden and grounds graced by tree canopies. See nineteenth century architecture in walls, garden dependencies, bank barn and greenhouse. Interpretive signs give key information along the way.
Your first stop after arriving at Oatlands will be in the Carriage House Gift Shop to purchase your ticket. This inviting museum shop in a historic setting offers a variety of souvenirs, unique gifts, books, jewelry, children's items, and home accessories. We also feature unique treasures for your garden, including garden ornaments, tools, accessories, and gifts. Friends of Oatlands receive a 10% discount on all purchases. CLICK HERE
to visit our online store.
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Please note: The Mansion is accessible only by stairs. The garden is terraced and has multiple staircases. However, the Carriage House, which houses the gift shop and restrooms, is fully accessible. Gravel pathways lead to the mansion and gardens. Written tours are available in English for the deaf and hard of hearing. A one page history is available in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Danish, Japanese, Russian and Polish. Persons with special needs are encouraged to call 703.777.3174 for more information.
Tips for an Enjoyable Visit
Comfortable walking shoes and weather-appropriate attire are highly recommended to fully enjoy the gardens and grounds. Please note: The mansion is not air-conditioned
. Please plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to your intended tour time to allow for ticket purchase and your walk from the Carriage House to the tour starting point. Oatlands does not offer any food service facilities. You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy our wooded picnic grove. For information about other local attractions, restaurants, and lodging contact the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association at www.VisitLoudoun.org